big wig

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big wig

1. A prominent or significant person. That guy's a real big wig in the art world, so please don't say anything to embarrass me.
2. Someone who is arrogant or conceited. Quit acting like such a big wig—you're no more important than the rest of us.
See also: big, wig

bigwig

n. an important person; a self-important person. Some bigwig in a pinstripe suit waltzed through and asked me to leave.
References in classic literature ?
'Ay, that he shall,' replied Fagin, 'and we'll have a big-wig, Charley: one that's got the greatest gift of the gab: to carry on his defence; and he shall make a speech for himself too, if he likes; and we'll read it all in the papers--"Artful Dodger--shrieks of laughter--here the court was convulsed"--eh, Charley, eh?'